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Looking at the housing industry from a bird’s eye view in 2021, it’s easy to see the fast-paced housing market and the record-setting surge in volume. However, in the midst of that massive volume, companies were working furiously to balance demand and resources — balancing and rebalancing the books. Companies announced they were going public, acquiring companies, hiring hundreds of people to accommodate the demand, and so much more. And who were the people leading a lot of these conversations? HousingWire’s Housing Finance Leaders.

HousingWire is excited to recognize this year’s class of honorees. Entering its second year, this year’s class spotlights the top finance executives who are driving financial performance and helping their businesses access the capital markets.

Take a look through the full list below to see why these individuals were recognized.

Name Job Title Company Name Aamer Abdullah VP, Capital Markets Finance Ribbon Amber Adil EVP, Capital Markets Altitude Home Loans Andrew Vassallo Vice President of Capital Hometap Bob Telles Chief Financial Officer American Financial Network Brian Gilpin SVP Capital Markets Embrace Home Loans Brooke Carillo Chief Financial Officer Redwood Trust Bryan Thompson Chief Financial Officer Anchor Loans Carrie Wheeler Chief Financial Officer Opendoor Charlotte Simonelli Chief Financial Officer Realogy Chris Staub Executive Vice President of Finance Freedom Mortgage Chryssa Halley Chief Financial Officer Fannie Mae Conor O'Donoghue Chief Financial Officer Ocrolus David Wallace CFO/EVP American Mortgage Network Eduardo Arreaga Chief Financial Officer Stavvy Eli Novey Chief Financial Officer Toorak Capital Partners Eric Pretzlaff Chief Financial Officer PrimeLending Jeff Cassetta EVP, Chief Capital Markets Officer Ruoff Mortgage Joseph Ottomanelli Managing Director (MBS Trading) JP Morgan Joseph Peterson Chief Financial Officer Sagent Julie Nelson SVP, Controller United Wholesale Mortgage Kent Cheng Chief Accounting Officer eXp Realty Kevin Ryan Chief Financial Officer Better Lisa Esia SVP, Finance Academy Mortgage Corporation Maksim Stavinsky Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer Roc360 Marc Greenberg Chief Financial Officer Blend Matt Wright Chief Financial Officer First Community Mortgage Michael Jones Chief Financial Officer Thrive Mortgage Michael Modell Executive Vice President Capital Markets Plaza Home Mortgage Mike Clear CFO/COO Realty ONE Group Neil Fenton Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets Homepoint Oscar Laud SVP, Margin Management in Capital Markets First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation Patrick McClymont Chief Financial Officer Orchard Ravi Correa Chief Financial Officer Angel Oak Lending Roisin Lakings Chief Financial Officer Advanced Data Corporation Stacie Shirley Chief Financial Officer kwx Suk Shah Chief Financial Officer Guaranteed Rate Companies Sun Yee Chief Financial Officer CIVIC Financial Services Susan Mello Senior Vice President and Group Head of Capital Markets Walker Dunlop Victoria DeLuce EVP Capital Markets Princeton Mortgage William Chang Senior Managing Director, Deputy Chief Investment Officer Pennymac